All SUNY Oneonta students are encouraged to audition for department productions. Roles are not reserved for theatre majors only. In fact, Theatre Department productions commonly include a cross-section of students pursuing a variety of majors.
Auditions for Theatre Department and Mask & Hammer club productions are held at the same time. Auditions for fall semester productions are held immediately when classes start at the beginning of the year. Auditions for spring semester productions are held later in the fall semester.
To sign-up for an audition time see the Call Board outside the Theatre Department main office, FA-106
What to Expect
The specific requirements of each audition are posted on the Call Board along with the sign-up sheet. For most auditions, expect to read from a provided script or present prepared material, such as a short monlogue or a short song with sheet music. Calls for acting, movement, and singing may be included as appropriate. Theatre majors and advanced students are encouraged to develop a range of prepared material suitable for auditions.
Directors typically hold call back auditions to help clarify decisions prior to the final selection of a cast. When casting, many factors are considered beyond talent and appropriateness for a role. Experience, availability, attitude, and a readiness to commit significant time and energy to rehearsal are all important. Students interested in participating in a theatre production should realistically consider their ability to commit to the production while still prioritizing other campus responsibilities.
To participate in auditions you must be a current SUNY Oneonta student. If you are not a student but you have accepted admission to the college, and will be a student at the time the rehearsal process begins, you are encouraged to participate in auditions. If you fit this criteria and would like to sign-up for an audition time please contact the department.
Only under very limited circumstances may non-students be cast in shows; non-students may be auditioned or invited to join the cast if the regular audition process does not sufficiently fill the roles available. Occasionally, a guest artist may be cast if there is a significant educational benefit from his or her participation in the show.